It’s been a long while since this website has been updated, which is not to say that I haven’t been keeping busy! Compositionally? Not so much…though I’m looking forward to putting pencil to manuscript very soon! Last year was spent working hard on my PhD thesis and portfolio, as well as doing a few improvised performances (a highlight being the EMS’s performance at Soundscapes), and…having a baby!
Though things have quietened down a little on the composition front of late, I have been lucky enough to have a work included in the Making Waves playlist this month:
Waves of Consciousness (February 2019)
I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things soon!
I’m very excited to have been invited back to perform at Precipice (this year is its 22nd year running!), an event that includes a combination of dance, spoken word, and music. I will be performing an improvised set with Ben Drury, Rhys Butler, Tony Osborne, and Richard Johnson.
Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/115545012443102/
I am so pleased to have one of my compositions (Delphic, recorded by Ensemble Offspring) featured in this month’s ‘Making Waves’ playlist! The monthly curated playlists feature new music from Australian composers.
Check out this month’s playlist here:
Temporal Waves (July 2017)
Over the weekend (May 21, 2017), the ANU New Music Ensemble joined the Canberra Experimental Music Studio for an afternoon of new and improvised music. We performed pieces by Marcello Messina, Gunnar Karel Másson, John Teske, James Saunders, and EMS’s own Ben Keough, Will Houghton, and myself.
Tonight (April 7), Alec and I will be performing some music alongside some interactive projections. It’s a free event, happening in the Big Band Room in the Peter Karmel building at the ANU School of Music, 8.30pm. Check out the details below:
The You Are Here festival in Canberra is a five-day event that showcases local experimental artists (this year running April 5–9). As a part of this festival I participated in the event, ‘A Bunch of A5s’, which was a unique musical experience for everyone involved. Reuben Ingall (the brains of the operation) commissioned four local composers (including myself) to write a composition. The twist was that the composition had to fit on an A5 piece of paper and the performers would be a group of untrained musicians who only had a couple of minutes to prepare. It was a really fun night!
The Experimental Music Studio performed at the Art, Not Apart festival, March 18, 2017. We interspersed ourselves in the Maze Garden in the New Acton Precinct (Canberra) and played for five hours straight (well…in shifts). And when I say interspersed, I mean we were literally spread out in the nooks and crannies of the garden, creating an interesting surround sound experience. We played a wide range of instruments including acoustic, found objects, and electronics.
This weekend (February 4 -5, 2017), the annual SoundOut festival is happening at the Drill Hall Gallery in Canberra. It is a two-day event packed with local and international artists performing free improvised jazz and experimental music. Ben Drury, Alec Hunter, and I (from the Canberra Experimental Music Studio) have just finished out first set and will be performing with several other musicians throughout the remainder of the festival. Come along and check it out! Click on the link for more details:
Here a few things that I have been involved with in the last couple of months (or so…):
On 31 August I hosted an experimental music concert: the ANU New Music Ensemble performed works by some old hats, Earle Brown and Morton Feldman, as well as recent works by Marcello Messina, and ANU’s own Tom Connell and myself.
On September 3, I was a part of the 21st Annual Precipice Performance event in Canberra. Ben Drury, Richard Johnson and I performed an improvised set with some talented experimental dancers and performance artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/1184562904937715/
On September 24, the EMS crew and I performed with Martyn Jolly at the Siteworks festival at the Bundanon Trust. Our performance, ‘Tragic Drowning Fatality’, involved thirty original magic lantern slides from the 1880s to the 1920s (Martyn Jolly), six actors from the region who read actual testimony of a double drowning that occurred in the Shoalhaven River in 1922, and EMS members (Andy Ryan, Jack Livingston, Ben Harb, Alec Hunter, and myself) accompanying the action with some amazing music composed by Dr Alec Hunter. https://bundanon.com.au/whats-on/siteworks-2016/
Also, I recently had the opportunity to have a piece of mine (‘Delphic’, for pierrot ensemble) recorded by Ensemble Offspring! Stay tuned to hear the recording.
Later in November…
I’m looking forward to travelling to Brisbane to share some of my works with the crew at the Conservatory of Music. I will also be presenting a paper at the ANU Postgraduate Symposium. More on these exciting things later…
This Wednesday evening (August 31, 2016) the New Music Ensemble is hosting a concert at ANU (held in the Big Band Room at 6.30pm). We will be playing new works by student composers, myself, overseas colleagues (Marcello Messina), and some old favourites from the New York School of composers (though, with a special New Music Ensemble slant…). I’m looking forward to it!